Patriots are ready for big 2009 season

September 3, 2009

By Tim Pfarr

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By Tim Pfarr
After ending their 2008 season with a loss to Bellevue in the state 3A quarterfinals, the Liberty Patriots are back, and they’re hungry for competition.
“Our summer workouts have gotten really intense,” said Cameron Talley, senior linebacker. “Everyone’s been trying to work as hard as they can.”
Last season, Liberty finished 9-3, leading the league in both offense and defense, racking up an average of 410 yards of offense per game and giving up an average of 238 yards on defense per game.
Trey Wheeler and junior running back Chandler Jenkins may be the two most dangerous men on the squad.
Head coach Steve Valach described Wheeler as talented and incredibly driven, and he said the team will use Wheeler to build a stronger foundation for its passing attack.
“The improvement is that we’re becoming more systematic in how we use our passing game,” Valach said.
Jenkins agreed, saying that he thought Wheeler had grown mentally.
“He’s more prepared this year, more confident,” Jenkins said. “I just think he took a lot of strides in the offseason.”
Wheeler had a tremendous season in 2008, throwing for 1,237 yards, ranking second in the league. He also threw nine touchdowns, and he was third in the league in total offense, including passing and rushing yards.
With Jenkins, the team has yet another threat.
“Chandler’s a nice triple threat, because he can run the ball and he can catch the ball. He’s kind of like a Marshall Faulk type,” Valach said. “We need to find ways to continue to get him the football.”
In addition to Wheeler and Jenkins, Valach said Talley, junior center/defensive tackle Alex Kaser and junior receiver/free safety Jake Bainton are also among the team’s best players. He also said that the team has good linemen, but that strength may be its biggest weakness.
“We have a good line, but probably quickness and agility more than strength,” he said. “Sometimes, you have the big beefy lines that are dominant, and that’s not so much us.”
Regardless, the players say they are ready to face Bellevue again, and the Patriots will take on the Wolverines at their homecoming game Oct. 23.
“I’m confident that we can play with them as we can any team,” Talley said.

After ending their 2008 season with a loss to Bellevue in the state 3A quarterfinals, the Liberty Patriots are back, and they’re hungry for competition.

“Our summer workouts have gotten really intense,” said Cameron Talley, senior linebacker. “Everyone’s been trying to work as hard as they can.”

Last season, Liberty finished 9-3, leading the league in both offense and defense, racking up an average of 410 yards of offense per game and giving up an average of 238 yards on defense per game.

Anthony Lemmon, of Liberty, runs the ball after a handoff from scrimmage during a football team practice. By Greg Farrar

Anthony Lemmon, of Liberty, runs the ball after a handoff from scrimmage during a football team practice. By Greg Farrar

Trey Wheeler and junior running back Chandler Jenkins may be the two most dangerous men on the squad.

Head coach Steve Valach described Wheeler as talented and incredibly driven, and he said the team will use Wheeler to build a stronger foundation for its passing attack.

“The improvement is that we’re becoming more systematic in how we use our passing game,” Valach said.

Jenkins agreed, saying that he thought Wheeler had grown mentally.

“He’s more prepared this year, more confident,” Jenkins said. “I just think he took a lot of strides in the offseason.”

Wheeler had a tremendous season in 2008, throwing for 1,237 yards, ranking second in the league. He also threw nine touchdowns, and he was third in the league in total offense, including passing and rushing yards.

With Jenkins, the team has yet another threat.

“Chandler’s a nice triple threat, because he can run the ball and he can catch the ball. He’s kind of like a Marshall Faulk type,” Valach said. “We need to find ways to continue to get him the football.”

In addition to Wheeler and Jenkins, Valach said Talley, junior center/defensive tackle Alex Kaser and junior receiver/free safety Jake Bainton are also among the team’s best players. He also said that the team has good linemen, but that strength may be its biggest weakness.

“We have a good line, but probably quickness and agility more than strength,” he said. “Sometimes, you have the big beefy lines that are dominant, and that’s not so much us.”

Regardless, the players say they are ready to face Bellevue again, and the Patriots will take on the Wolverines at their homecoming game Oct. 23.

“I’m confident that we can play with them as we can any team,” Talley said.

Liberty High School

Date Opponent

Sept. 4 Ballard

Sept. 11 At Woodinville

Sept. 17 Mercer Island

Sept. 25 At Sammamish

Oct. 2 Juanita

Oct. 9 Hazen

Oct. 16 At Interlake

Oct. 23 Bellevue

Oct. 30 At Mount Si

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